Dread Nautical

Considering the number of disasters that are associated with cruise liners, I have an understandable fear of them but could be persuaded to give Dread Nautical a chance.

One of the keywords in this strategy game is Lovecraftian. Though I don’t claim to be an expert, there’s something about Howie’s novels that resonate, though I do grow tired of the Cthulhu mythos.

Dread Nautical, from Zen Studios, is a turn-based rogue-like where you are on board the ship Hope. 

That’s ominous.

Dread Nautical - Brawl
The best place for a fight. Source: PR

The aim of the game is survival; finding other survivors, locating food rations and avoiding the supernatural powers that seem to exist on board.

There are four characters promoted in the game:

  • Hatano Kenichi – a former Yakuza enforcer, reluctantly picking up the katana once more.
  • Miraje – a top performer, not realising she’d be performing for the dead.
  • Fargo Drexler – a private eye veteran supposedly on holiday, but roped into the ship’s shenanigans.
  • Vivian Nussbaum – a gamer. They suck.

Despite the tone, the art style is very upbeat and colourful and not what you’d expect, considering the themes.

Check out the trailer for more!

Dread Nautical is out now on Switch, PS4, Xbox One and Epic.

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